Veterans fighting cancer with donation to LLS
KENT ISLAND — When the nation took a moment to honor fallen soldiers this Memorial Day weekend, American Legion Post 278 continued its fight for the community by announcing it had donated $20,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Eastern Shore.
LLS of the Eastern Shore is in its final week of the 10week 2016 Man and Woman of the Year campaign. Ten candidates and their teams each raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society blood cancer research, with the titles “Man and Woman of the Year” up for grabs. Every dollar raised counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of 10 weeks.
Last year’s Eastern Shore campaign raised $244,000, and the 2016 goal is to raise $300,000. Candidates range from those with cancer, people competing in honor of a loved one with cancer, and people who just want to help.
American Legion Post 278 heard about the campaign and wanted to make a general donation.
“The mission of the American Legion is we take care of our veterans, we take care of children and we take care of our community,” said American Legion Post 278 Commander Nikki Randolph. “What LLS strives to do really falls under the pillars of the American Legion.
“In the past several years, we’ve lost several of our beloved members to blood cancers,” she said. “Every year, we see where we can do the most helpful thing for the community. So we choose different charities — usually one major charity, and plus all of the rest of the organizations and charities we support each year that surround our community.”
Randolph said she could not think of a better program to support because cancer can strike anyone.
“Any money that goes to LLS or any cancer research is a day closer to finding a cure,” she said. “By supporting LLS, I feel like we are fulfilling our pillars of the American Legion because we want to find a cure as well because I’m tired of going to funerals of people dying too early because of cancer.”
The Man and Woman of the Year — Eastern Shore campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society — is in its fourth year.
Competing in this year’s Legion Post 278 puts about $200,000 a year back into the community through donations and services. She said other causes and events the legion supports includes youth fishing derby, animal rescues, Special Olympics, Casey Cares, Maryland Department of Affairs, Queenstown Emergency Room, scholarships at Salisbury University and Chesapeake College, youth sports, Wounded Warriors, local fire departments, schools, food drives, Perry Point veterans, Charlotte Hall veterans, Compass Hospice, Wreaths Across America, Life and Boys Scouts.
For more information about American Legion Post 278, visit www.kialpost278. homestead.com or call 410643-2728.
For more information about the campaign, candidates and their teams, visit www.mwoy.org/md/localchapter/mwoyes/ or find the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Eastern Shore on Facebook. Relay for and Girls
Gathered at Kent Island American Legion, Post 278, in Stevensville, members remembered those who have died in service to our nation, Monday, May 30, Memorial Day.